Monday, September 29, 2014

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Over Rice


I can feel the weather slowly starting to change here in Phoenix. Saturday night actually got into the 60's. I know this sounds strange for people who don't live here, but it hasn't gotten to the 60's since probably May so this is a big deal. I actually have my window open right now, which again, is a big deal. Summer lasts much too long here. This is the time of year that I love here, 80's during the day and 60's at night. Perfect. I'm happy that the weather will be good for the next 6 months before we have to endure another deathly hot summer.

Chocolate Mascarpone Tart with Berries


Who doesn't love a nice creamy cheesecake on a chocolate crust with sweet berries on top? If said you don't love that, then you should leave. Cheesecake has always been in the top of my favorite desserts. Today I made little cheesecake tarts with fresh raspberries & strawberries. Hope you enjoy!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Beer Cheese Soup


Wow, has it really been 3 MONTHS?!?!? I don't know what happened all summer, but I apologize for the absence. I managed to get back to Oregon twice over the summer and enjoyed all the yummy food, beer and wine that goes with it. I definitely cooked less all summer (Phoenix summer does that to you), but I have a bunch of delicious recipes to share with you. Might as well jump right in with one of mine and Dan's favorites...beer cheese soup. We made a delicious beer cheese soup a few years back with bacon, cream and butter. I decided to try the unthinkable and make a healthy beer cheese soup, well as healthy as you can make it I suppose. Dan was skeptical, but it turned out better than imagined. Enjoy!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Orange Chicken


I absolutely LOVE orange chicken. I always remember going to the mall in middle school and high school in Eugene, OR and getting both orange chicken and bourbon chicken. Yum!! The one thing I never really cared too much for though was the amount of batter on the chicken. Here is a healthier version of this delicious meal from Skinny Taste. I altered it just a little bit, but check out her blog too, so many amazing recipes.

Garlic Chicken with Israeli Couscous & Butternut Squash


I know it's summer and our houses are heating up, but this dish does require some baking. The good news is, you can cook a big batch and have left overs for the week. I even think the left overs were delicious cold. My friend Holly would agree with me, but she also eats literally ALL left overs cold. That's right, not just pizza, she likes cold fried chicken, cold mac and cheese, cold Chinese food...she's a little odd, but that's why I love her. Today is Garlic Chick with Israeli Couscous and Butternut Squash.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Seared Scallop & Apple Salad


Wow, it sure has been awhile since my last post. I have had a VERY busy past two months though and it just keeps getting busier...which is great by me! I had my dad and step-mom come visit in April, followed by my mom, my friend Holly and my sister in May and a little weekend trip with Dan to Tucson. We all had a blast drinking by the pool and traveling around Arizona. 

It's starting to heat up here in the valley of death (also known as Phoenix) and it's only going to get worse. You know you've been living in Phoenix for too long when you say the sentence "It's only 100 degrees". Ha! Needless to say, I haven't been too gung-ho to do too much baking. Here is a perfect summer dish that only requires a few minutes of having the stove top on. Perfect for those hot summer days...which never end here. 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Broccoli & Swiss Stuffed Chicken


It's been slowly heating up here in Phoenix...reached our first triple digits for the year a few weeks ago. Luckily right now we still have cool evenings to give us a break, pretty soon that will go away too. I'm not ready for another summer in the desert! Cooking anything becomes an enormous task during the summer. I need to start cooking one day and having left overs for the week to limit the oven and stove time. Here is a perfect leftover recipe today, Broccoli & Swiss Stuffed Chicken (as seen on Skinny Taste).